12 days since Mrs. Greystone and Ms. Morales disappeared. 372 attempts Emma Greystone has made to decode the letter her mother left. 56 lies Natalie Morales has told to try to cover their tracks. 4 children who are determined to bring back their mothers. 2 worlds...
It all began when the Greystone kids — Chess, Emma, and Finn — learned about the other world.
Everything is different there. It’s a mirror image, except things are wrong. Evil. Their mother tried to make things better, but she got stuck there along with Ms. Morales, their friend Natalie’s mom.
But the four of them — brave Chess, smart Emma, kind Finn, and clever Natalie — won’t give up until they rescue their mothers.
To do so, they will have to go back: into the other world, a place where truth is illegal.
Going back into that world is scary, and Chess doesn’t feel so brave.
Despite all her brains, Emma can’t seem to break the code.
With everything spiraling out of control, Finn has to pretend he's okay.
And Natalie is beginning to doubt whether her cleverness is something that’s good about her — especially when she spends all her time lying to the people she loves.
Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including The Missing series and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio.